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God, Oil, and Peru's Boiling River

What's hiding two hours from a Peruvian city, buried in the Amazon? This short film explores the spiritual and scientific significance of Peru’s boiling river and ways to protect it.

September 13, 2018

The Tragedy of the "Good" Orphanage

Tina Rosenberg

We’ve all heard stories about abusive orphanages. But there’s a bigger problem: good orphanages. Rich countries abolished orphanages decades ago. So why do we keep them going in poor countries?

September 10, 2018

The Role of Faith in Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia

Julia Friedmann

As both sides struggle to implement the 2016 peace accords in Colombia, religious organizations have stepped in to support the fragile peace and rebuild communities previously divided by violence.

August 30, 2018

The Amazon’s Climate Tipping Point

Sam Eaton

Tropical forests are tipping from carbon sink to source, threatening a crucial hedge against runaway climate change in the violent, corruption-stained Brazilian Amazon.

August 07, 2018

The Prison Next Door

Jill Langlois, Lianne Milton

Brazil’s prison system is in crisis. The wives and mothers of inmates at Alcaçuz—some who live right next door to the maximum-security prison—are its unseen victims.

July 30, 2018

Losing Earth

Nathaniel Rich, George Steinmetz

Thirty years ago, we could have saved the planet. The world was ready to act. But we failed to do what was necessary to avoid a catastrophe.

June 21, 2018

The Future of Science in Post-War Colombia

Lizzie Wade

After five decades of war, Colombia's government made peace with the FARC rebels. Now scientists are racing to study areas that were once too dangerous to explore.

May 01, 2018

Rehabilitating Colombian Militants

Sara Reardon, Adam Levy, Greg Kendall-Ball

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia is trying to reintegrate thousands of rebels and paramilitary fighters into society. Scientific evidence suggests this will be challenging at the least.

April 06, 2018

Native American Youth: Health and Sports

Viridiana Vidales Coyt

Native youth are nine times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than their non-Hispanic white peers, according to an NIH study . Community organizations in New Mexico would like to change that.

Meet the Journalist: Lizzie Wade

Lizzie Wade traveled to Colombia to document how the country’s peace deal with FARC, a guerrilla group at war with the Colombia state from 1964 to 2016, is opening up new opportunities for field work.

Meet the Journalist: Nsikan Akpan

The placebo effect influences all types of healing, from acupuncture to laying of hands to the doctor's office. Science producer for PBS NewsHour Nsikan Akpan journeyed from Mexico to Maryland to learn how it works.

Meet the Journalist: Ricardo Martínez

Grantee Ricardo Martínez spent two weeks at 4,300 meters near Cerro de Pasco, Peru. There, almost 100,000 people have to endure heavy metal pollution every day as it leeches into a 936km2 watershed—and many kids are dying.

This Week: Torture in Yemen's Prisons

Yemeni detainees being without charges decry abuse, the search for the Tasmanian tiger continues despite its supposed extinction, and the 2016 peace deal in Colombia has opened new areas to scientists.

10 Lesson Plans to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, we've compiled our top ten lesson plans that feature reporting on how communities around the world are responding to diverse environmental issues.

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